MFA in Creative Writing

Personal Statement

Carla Norton graduated from the MFA in Creative Writing program in 2009. She received her BA at Raymond College in journalism and writing and began her career in Tokyo, working as an associate editor with the Japanese edition of Reader’s Digest.

When an incredible story hit headlines: A woman claimed she’d been held as a sex slave—most of the time in a box—for seven years, Carla took action. She returned to California to cover the kidnapper’s trial. She later wrote Perfect Victim in collaboration with the prosecutor. It was put on the reading list for the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit and became a #1 New York Times bestseller.

Over the years, Carla published articles in newspapers and magazines. She worked with the San Jose Mercury News, editing special sections. She edited the autobiography of a former Soviet Spy.

To get help writing fiction, she enrolled at Goddard College in 2007 for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing.

The next year, she started writing The Edge of Normal, her debut fiction now published by Minotaur Books.